Canadian bikers have to sit back and watch the rest of the world enjoy
their new 125cc KTM Duke this year, since they won’t import it here. But
don’t feel so bad – the rest of the world will also have to look on
enviously at India, where they’re getting an oddball 200cc version of
Why does India get a more powerful version of the new small-displacement Duke? Apparently it has something to do with KTM’s deal with Indian importer Bajaj; according to www.indiancarsbikes.in, the feeling was that the 125cc bike cost too much for its intended market.
Small naked bikes may command a premium in the developed world due to their novelty, but such bikes are standard day-to-day transportation in India.
The 200cc upgrade is supposed to make about 20 bhp instead of 15, and feature top-of-the-line components to justify its higher price. Supposedly the bike will feature DOHC and water cooling and cost about twice as much as other bikes in its engine range from Bajaj.
It’s rather doubtful that this version of the bike will ever make it to Canada, but KTM fans around the world must be wondering: Is this bike the first step to an already rumoured 250 Duke?